Steam is one of the most popular PC gaming platforms ever to have existed. While usually, it provides a pretty fluid user experience, just like everything tech, it can run into some issues from time to time.
In this article, we’re looking at the Steam content file is locked error, its causes and some solutions you can use to fix the problem.
What causes this error?
The error is mainly caused due to a problem with Steam not being able to access the files required to run the update. This, in turn, can be caused by a problem with permissions.
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How to fix this?
Here are a few solutions you can try out.
Check integrity of Steam game files
Luckily, Steam has a built-in feature that verifies your game files and reinstalls any files that might be damaged. Follow these steps.
Step 1: Head over to your Steam Library, right-click on CSGO and select Properties.
Step 2: Head over to the Local Files tab.
Step 3: Click on Verify integrity of local files… and let Steam do its thing.
However, if it isn’t, follow the steps mentioned below.
Check Steam servers
Another thing you should do is check whether or not the service itself is working or not. Steam is used by millions across the globe, and the occasional outage here and there isn’t anything surprising.
You can use this page to check Steam’s server status.
Reinstalling Steam from scratch can also help fix the problem. This will get rid of any corrupt, damaged or missing system files that Steam needs to run properly, which might be triggering the issue for you.
Check your DNS settings
If you’re running custom DNS settings on purpose or by mistake, having them set incorrectly can cause internet connectivity issues.
Flushing your DNS settings can set them back to the default values and resolve such issues. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type cmd and hit the Enter key.
Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter. This will reset your DNS settings to their defaults.
You can take this a step further and reset Windows files to access the internet by using these commands back to back.
netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset
If you suspect an issue with your router’s DHCP assignment, use these commands to release your old IP and request a new one.
ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew
If that doesn’t work either, you can use the following commands in the order that they’re listed to reset your network stack.
ipconfig/flushdns nbtstat -R nbtstat -RR netsh int ip reset C:\resetlog.txt netsh winsock reset
Check your hard drive
Problems with your storage drive can also cause Steam to lose access to the files it needs to run the upgrade. If that’s the case, run a disk scan to check your drive and take appropriate action.
Check out this detailed guide to know how to run a disk checkup on Windows.
Change Steam library location
Changing the location of your Steam library can also help get around this issue.
Step 1: Open Steam and click Steam in the top-left. Click Settings from the menu.
Step 2: Head over to the Downloads tab and click the Steam Library Folders button.
Step 3: In the Storage Manager, click the plus icon to make a new library.
Now move all your games to the new library location and try again.
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